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“We are people”: Ingroup humanization as an existential defense

Vaes, Jeroen, Heflick, Nathan A, Goldenberg, Jamie L (2010) “We are people”: Ingroup humanization as an existential defense. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98 (5). pp. 750-760. ISSN 1939-1315. (doi:10.1037/a0017658) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:40445)

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Abstract

Prior research has shown the importance of humanness in shaping one's social identity, but no research has examined why this is the case. The present article reveals that humanizing the ingroup serves a terror management function. In 3 studies, Italian (Studies 1 and 2) and American (Study 3) participants humanized their own group more when their mortality was salient. In Study 3, humanizing the ingroup also functioned to reduce the accessibility of death thoughts. Together, these studies provide clear support for terror management theory as an explanatory framework for ingroup humanization. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1037/a0017658
Additional information: number of additional authors: 2;
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Stewart Brownrigg
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:25 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40445 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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